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Dodgers News: Insider Has James Outman Among Top Prospects Impressing This Spring

One of the biggest stories this spring has been the play of Dodgers prospect James Outman. The 25-year-old burst onto the scene last year in Los Angeles, hitting a home run in his first at-bat and then continuing to hit for the next few games. Then, he struck out in six of his final eight at-bats, got sent down to Triple-A and was never heard from again.

This year, though, with the loss of centerfielder Cody Bellinger, there seemed to be an opportunity for Outman. And thus far, he’s taken full advantage of it.

This spring, he’s slashing .389/.478/.667 with one home run and five runs batted in. His strikeouts are also down, with just four through 23 plate appearances.

Outman has been so impressive, that he’s even caught the eye of the national media. In the New York Post’s article about the most impressive prospects so far, Outman was on Jon Heyman’s list.

“James Outman, Dodgers, OF: Considering their draft position, the Dodgers are as good as anyone at drafting and developing. He’s hitting .400 out in Glendale, Ariz. and should get opportunities with an outfield need for LA.”

If Outman continues to play at this level, the Dodgers would have no choice but to put him on the Opening Day roster. The Dodgers now have a need for a good lefty bat with the loss of Gavin Lux, and it seems like Outman can fill that void.

He does have a lot of competition, though, in the form of guys like Jason Heyward and David Peralta. However, I think with Lux now out, there’s a world where all three of those lefty outfielders make the Opening Day roster, and contribute at the big league level.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. I am a big Outman fan, and want to see him play, but it’ll be a while before we get a better feeling on how he can hit real major league pitching

  2. Peralta was a panic signing, something I wouldn’t have expected from Friedman. Once again, Roberts wants older players so he doesn’t have to work so hard at actual coaching. Should’ve never have re-signed him.


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